Position Description

Associate General Counsel and European Data Protection Officer
Primary Location Belgium, Brussels
Possible Hiring Locations Belgium
Department 0710 - Legal
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Job Summary


The Associate General Counsel and European Data Protection Officer will report directly to ICANN’s Deputy General Counsel responsible for performing organization-wide legal duties and carries out responsibilities in the following areas (including, but not limited to): supporting ICANN organization’s internal data protection and intellectual property programs, and providing internal legal services to various ICANN functional teams

The Associate General Counsel and European Data Protection Officer will be responsible for managing legal issues and legal strategy, including oversight of outside counsel, legal support to internal clients, and preparing relevant legal reports to the Board of Directors or other stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Key team member responsible for supporting internal activities related to the maintenance of, and adherence to ICANN’s policies and procedures covering the privacy of all personal information in compliance with data privacy, data protection, and data security laws and ICANN’s information privacy practices.
  • Key team member responsible for successful contract negotiation and policy development support on behalf of ICANN, while protecting ICANN’s legal rights, obligations and privileges.
  • Supporting Deputy General Counsel and Chief Data Protection Officer as a legal advisor to senior management and several ICANN Board Committees, including preparing relevant legal reports to the Board of Directors or other stakeholders.
  • Reviewing and making recommendations to the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel and senior management about ICANN’s policies, agreements, and activities applicable to the processing of personal information in connection with ICANN’s coordination of generic top-level domains.
  • Work with litigation counsel (both in-house and outside counsel) as appropriate to the extent ICANN policy and data protection matters are involved in litigation.
  • Advise on and assist with the application of existing and new legal protections globally.
  • Ensuring that internal departments worldwide comply with legal requirements.
  • Working with internal clients to proactively identify risks and ensure appropriate risk mitigation strategies are in place.
  • Managing various general corporate legal matters, supporting the Legal Department’s overall legal compliance requirements and providing legal guidance for new and ongoing organizational initiatives.
  • Managing the increasing effectiveness of the Legal Department and the success of ICANN by evaluating and improving interfaces between functions.
  • Responsible for the interpretation of regulations and the observance of legal procedures, ensuring that ICANN’s activities comply with laws and regulations.
  • Supporting ICANN’s mission of ensuring the availability, interoperability and security of the internet.
  • Supervising and assigning work to meet completion dates in accordance with established deadlines and review the work of assigned staff.
  • Other duties as assigned or requested.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Knowledge of ICANN's Multistakeholder Model, the domain name system, and the top-level domain name industry is advantageous.
  • Possesses a background and interest in policy management and exposure to promoting or lobbying organization interests with regulators, commissioners etc.
  • Ability to manage shifting priorities and navigate unresolved areas of law.
  • Sound business/legal judgment with ability to balance business objectives and risk, and solve complex legal problems in a high-output, fast moving environment.
  • Exceptional writing, contract drafting, and oral communication skills.
  • High-quality work product with fast turnaround times.
  • Ability to work in cross-functional teams and experience with project management environments is beneficial.
  • Proven ability to prepare detailed reports, and make presentations to internal and external audiences.
  • Strong business acumen with an acute understanding of the balance between risk and reward.
  • Ability to read and write in two or more languages at a level sufficient to conduct job-related business transactions preferred.
  • Ability to advise and direct subordinates in the performance of their work and in the development of their work abilities.
  • Ability to work independently. 
  • Curiosity and passion for the development of the internet and domain name system.
  • Global perspective.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Juris Doctorate Degree (or equivalent) required.
  • Minimum ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience including at least two years practicing in the field of data protection law.
  • License to practice law required.


  • Fluency, both written and spoken, in English is required.
  • Fluent written and spoken language skills in any of the other official United Nations languages is preferred.

Working Conditions & Physical Requirements:

  • Work is performed in a normal office environment with limited privacy and some exposure to background noise (or depending on circumstances work might also possibly be performed in a home office environment).
  • Willingness to travel internationally.
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